PLM, SharePoint and Future Virtualization

PLM, SharePoint and Future Virtualization

Today everything can be virtualized. If you think about your dedicated IT environment, proprietary or public cloud, the ability to virtualize environment can be tremendously important. In one of my previous posts about virutalization I shared my thoughts about why virutal technologies are important. I talked about data, application and platform virtualization. Navigate your browser on this link to read about PLM and Virtualization Technologies. In my earlier blog – PLM Cloud: Dedicated, Private, Public, I’m discussing what is the role of virtualization in successful cloud development.

SharePoint Virtualization

If you are thinking how to involve SharePoint into your existing or future PLM implementation, you can find the following information useful. I was looking on the SharePoint episode Setting Up a SharePoint Developer Virtual Machine and find the video, particularly interesting. The focus of the system is a development environment, but the same method can work with some changes for other users as well.  Here is an interesting quote:

The Information Worker virtual machine is a Hyper-V based VHD file that has everything you need to build SharePoint solutions already installed. The VM includes Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Visual Studio 2010, Exchange 2010, and more. In fact, this is the VM that we use for all of the SharePoint and Office training and Hands-On Labs on Channel 9.

PLM and SharePoint Virtualization

It is interesting how PLM virtualization can be combined with SharePoint virtualization. PTC put a significant effort in the development of SharePoint dependent PLM product. I never heard about Windchill Product Point virtualization together with SharePoint, but it seems to me as a something that can simplify deployment for many customers.

What is my conclusion? We are going to see more examples of successful virtualization. I can see numerous companies are trying to leverage SharePoint for PLM. To make successful virtualization of these environments can be an interesting strategy to follow. Just my thoughts…

Best, Oleg


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  • Isn’t the bandwidth disparity between local area network and a cloud provider enough to create problems for any cloud hosted PLM solution which hosts large data volumes (like CAD models, analysis results, etc.)? Since SharePoint doesn’t have a concept of cached storage which is separate from the SharePoint server, it seems like it would be difficult to manage large files (like CAD models or FEA files) without some local caching

  • beyondplm

    Mark, Thanks for commenting! I agree, cloud bandwidth is an issue in today implementations. Even if broadband improved (and will be improved in the future), it is still remaining questionable. From my standpoint, there are two possible directions: 1/to keep all on cloud (it means CAD tools will do display virtualizing instead of the data moving back and forth) and 2/to distribute and populate file storage closer to end users. Btw, I don’t see these two options as mutually exclusive. Just my thoughts… Best, Oleg